RICHMOND -- The cinema epic that defined swashbuckling movies opens the sixth annual Home Front Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday on the historic SS Red Oak Victory, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond.
"The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains and Alan Hale, making their way around Nottingham and Sherwood Forest in glorious Technicolor.
While the classic doesn't exactly fit the festival theme of movies from the home front years, "Adolph Hitler and the Nazis inadvertently influenced the Academy Award-winning film," note festival organizers, which include the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park and the Richmond Museum of History Association.
Boarding on the Red Oak starts at 6:30 p.m. and a boarding donation is requested. Visitors must be able to climb gangplank (40 feet, of stairs with railings) and steep steps once aboard ship.
The festival continues at 7 p.m. each Thursday in June, July and August.
Popcorn and refreshments will be on sale and a National Park Service ranger will introduce the films in the context of the World War II home front.
Upcoming showings are "Buck Privates" (1941) June 26; "Casablanca" (1942) on July 10; "Across the Pacific" (1942) July 24; "A Guy Named Joe" (1943) August 7; and "Harvey" (1944/1950) Aug. 21.
For directions to the shipyard, call 510-237-2933 or visit http://www.ssredoakvictory.com/contact.htm